One marine lost his life in defense of our freedoms this month.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, of Kayenta, Ariz
The other day I was on the phone with a friend and supporter of Honor and Remember who is a state senator from Oklahoma. We were discussing pending legislation in different areas around the country and specifically a bill that he was bringing forth in his state. The legislation that he was proposing has been passed by several states already, but it is one that he wanted to be sure was established in the state of Oklahoma. Since Oklahoma had already adopted the Honor and Remember Flag as its symbol of remembrance, this new legislation simply read, “Whenever there is a casualty of a military service member from Oklahoma, then the Honor and Remember Flag will be displayed below the U.S. flag at half-staff.” Since similar legislation had been passed previously in other states, I was listening closely and certainly understood its importance. However sometimes I think I’m so close to the message and the mission that its like the expression of not being able to see the forest for the trees.
The senator began to speak about the general protocol for lowering the United States flag to half-staff. The lowering of the flag is a long-standing and honorable part of our flag code that recognizes a tragic loss in our nation or in an individual state. The President of the United States and the governor of each state, following code parameters, can decide for whom the flag will be lowered with instructions. Read the code for more specific details. Although the flag code has rules for flag lowering, they have been used more as guidelines lately; A recent example of this was lowering the flag in memory of singer Whitney Houston in New Jersey. Lately, the U.S. flag has been lowered for a number of different reasons. My point is that the reason the U.S. flag is lowered at any given time often can be a mystery to the general citizenry. How many times have you seen the flags at half-staff and wondered why? We all have that same curiosity.
Last year, Arizona passed HB2020, legislating that the Honor and Remember Flag fly at half-staff under the U.S. flag on all government buildings whenever there is a military casualty in that state. It is a milestone for commemorating the loss and educating the state’s citizens. Why? Because once this becomes a tradition, everyone who passes those flags without a doubt, without exception, will know exactly why they have been lowered: To honor service members who gave their life and to remember those they left behind. There is absolutely no doubt that in this way we call specific attention to the price of freedom. And as we educate this nation about the meaning, purpose, and symbolism of the Honor and Remember Flag, all will be aware and stand in reverent respect.
As supporters of our mission, we can embrace that same protocol. If there is a casualty in your state, please consider flying the Honor and Remember Flag under your U.S. flag when it is at half-staff. If the flags are ordered to fly at half-staff in your state for other reasons, then remove the Honor and Remember Flag and let that reason stand for itself. Additionally, be sure that the Honor and Remember Flag legislation in your state reflects its displaying and lowering with the U.S. flag when at half-staff. If there is no legislation in your state to require this, contact your local representative and see if someone will introduce it. I cannot stress enough the importance of the public’s education, understanding and appreciation of the men and women who have given their lives and continue to give their lives and the thousands of hurting families who are left behind.
I appreciate those that continue to challenge me beyond the obvious, allowing me to see the all-important nuances of what we are trying to achieve. This truly historic mission has implications far beyond my initial expectations. Thank you for your understanding and continued support in the birth of a legacy in which we can all play a part.
Military Fallen Heroes Recognized With Special Events and Celebrations
Chesapeake, VA. – Men and women who have died in military service to America will be the subject of a month of solemn ceremonies, special events and public recognition that will begin with the first annual “Virginia Run for the Fallen,” a four-day, 236-mile tribute run from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to Arlington National Cemetery.
“The time has come to do more than set one day a year aside to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed services who have given their lives for America and to recognize the life-changing loss experienced by their families,” said George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national symbol of remembrance and to presenting this special tribute to every family that has lost a loved one in military service. “Memorial Day is an important holiday,” said Lutz, “but I believe Gold Star Families, (families of the fallen) deserve more than a day that has become for many just an extra day off from work for shopping and having a barbecue.”
In addition to the Virginia Run for the Fallen, which will take place from May 2 to May 5 (see separate news release), America’s Honor and Remember Month, Honor your Hometown Hero, will place a special emphasis on recognizing all fallen military heroes by encouraging the families, friends and comrades of the fallen, across the country to contact their local media outlets and submit information about their loved one with the hope that the media will do something each day of the month to recognize the sacrifice of that individual life. Likewise, businesses will be encouraged to create a display containing photos and information about fallen heroes from their town or neighborhood.
“I’d like to see every business, civic group, media outlet and neighborhood do something special every day of the month to pay tribute to the men and women who gave all in defense of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” said Lutz. “This is a real opportunity for everyone to make a positive statement about the cost of liberty.”
Honor and Remember, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to promote the Honor and Remember Flag. “America does not currently have a tangible national symbol that is specifically dedicated to express respect and gratitude for the lives lost in defense of our freedoms,” said Lutz. “The Honor and Remember Flag fills that void.”
About the Honor and Remember Flag
The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled at a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, at the MacArthur Memorial Museum in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The mission of Honor and Remember is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that will fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. The flag honors all military lives lost from our nation’s inception, not only in action but also as a result of serving.
Personalized flags are regularly presented to individual families of fallen service members. Each personalized flag contains the name, theater of operation and date of death of the individual. The flags are presented at both private and public occasions.
Honor and Remember, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.honorandremember.org.
Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va.
Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va.
Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven, 38, of Plainwell, Mich.
Honor and Remember of Indiana, LLC
Director – Donald Finnegan
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Chesapeake, VA, January 20: Herd Racing will fly the Honor and Remember flag on it’s tunnel boats in 2013, the third consecutive year that the professional boat racing program will support the effort to establish an official national symbol to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, both parties announced today.
“We are humbled that Herd Racing has once again embraced the Honor and Remember Flag showing public appreciation to our nation’s fallen and their families” said Honor and Remember founder George Lutz.
Dana Tomes, president of Herd Racing, said “the team began carrying the Honor and Remember flag decal on it’s racing boats in 2011. To date, more than 800,000 people have seen the flag on the team’s boats and more than 50 million have viewed the flag through the televising of the race events. “We are honored to be able to play a small role in helping promote what Honor and Remember stands for,” Tomes said. “Any exposure we can help generate for the organization is a plus. Every state should adopt the Honor and Remember flag and fly it proudly. That’s our unified goal!”
The tunnel boat team will carry a one-foot tall Honor and Remember flag decal on it’s race boats during the team’s 2013 race season. The team races in front of more than 400,000 people live and is seen on television by more than 25 million people per season.
The mission of Honor and Remember is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also while serving, from our nation’s inception. In our over 200 year history there has never been an official national public symbol that specifically recognizes in gratitude and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to our nation. The Honor and Remember Flag was created for that purpose.
To date, 14 U.S. states have adopted the Honor and Remember flag. Legislation is working in other state governments to have the flag recognized and adopted, as well as a current national congressional bill.
About Herd Racing
Herd Racing is a professional powerboat racing team based in Huntington, WV. The team competes in race events across the United States each year in front of more than 400,000 fans in person and it’s races are seen by more than 25 million people annually on regional television networks. The team, founded in 2008, finished third in the 2012 APR Superleague’s Formula 2 national tour points standings.
About Honor and Remember, Inc
After the death of his eldest son Tony in Iraq, Gold Star father George Lutz recognized the need to educate the nation on the precious cost of freedom. His mission became raising awareness about the sacrifice made by military men and women who died for their country, through the creation and establishment of a distinct and tangible symbol. The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled nationally on Memorial Day 2008 to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families. The flag is now being endorsed by veteran and service organizations and adopted by cities and states. And it is being flown by patriotic Americans across our nation and is fast becoming a nationally accepted symbol of remembrance. You can learn more and sign the petition to support this campaign by visiting www.honorandremember.org
Eleven Heroes gave their lives for our country this month
Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, 26, of Mechanicville, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class. Darren M. Linde, 41, of Sidney, Mont.
Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, N.D.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa
Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio
Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, Texas
Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, of Rochester, N.Y.
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y.
Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa
Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas
Pfc. Markie T. Sims, 20, of Citra, Fl
As I woke this morning to the flashing banners and hoopla of the morning news on this December day, I realized I was not as jubilant as most seemed to be. Today is 12-12-12 an exciting date of notoriety for many as the next lining up of sequential day, month and year numbers is not for 88 years. Thousands of Americans are lining up everywhere to celebrate whatever they can so that this date can be
Fifteen Heroes gave their lives for our country this month
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J.
Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, N.Y.
Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y.
Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz, 27, of Alden, N.Y.
Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa
Spc. Daniel L. Carlson, 21, of Running Springs, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Bennett, 26, of Glendora, Calif.
Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore
Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash
Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, N.C.
Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer, S.C.
Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, of Booneville, Ark
Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, 23, of Jordan, Minn
Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif.
Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J.
Symbol Of Sacrifice And Remembrance Being Recognized In
Winans’ Song “Ultimate Sacrifice” Honoring Fallen Service Members
Chesapeake, VA ( November 12, 2012) — Honor and Remember, Inc. is humbled to announce an inspirational alliance that will touch the hearts of millions, in appreciation of those who have given all to preserve our freedom. On Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2012 legendary recording artist BeBe Winans will release a new tribute music video(s) produced for his unforgettable song, “Ultimate Sacrifice.” Working with families across the nation, who have lost loved ones in military service, Honor and Remember has received over one hundred photos that were used throughout these stunning musical tributes. Due to the overwhelming response from the families, and to include everyone, two separate videos were produced. It is our hope that these brave heroes will represent to Americans the thousands of lives that have given the ultimate sacrifice and remind us all of the families they have left behind.
BeBe Winans recently returned from a seven day tour of several bases throughout Kuwait, performing for the servicemen and women stationed there, and participating in base activities, such as Command visits, walking tours, and autograph and photos sessions. This is the second Middle East trip for Winans, who has always been an avid supporter of our troops. “We can never give enough thanks to those who place their lives on the line, making the ultimate sacrifice, nor to the families they leave behind forever grieving”, says BeBe. “The meaning and purpose of Honor and Remember, fits perfectly into this tribute which directly affects every American. “
“BeBe has written a tremendous song that speaks directly to our mission of public appreciation of sacrifice. It is our hope that millions of Americans will be touched by this inspirational message and find their own ways of being thankful for the sacrifice that has preserved our freedom.“ said George Lutz/Founder, Honor and Remember.
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Critically acclaimed inspirational, R&B and gospel vocalist BeBe Winans has recently released his new album America America on Razor & Tie. The music video for “America America” also debued on VH1 Soul and Centric TV. Winans has promoted his new album with appearances at Mayor Bloomberg’s Fleet Week Breakfast in NYC, Access Hollywood, CNN Showbiz Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, The Better Show, NYC’s NBC News, Fox Good Day LA, Good Morning America, a special edition CD sold on QVC, and an exclusive concert/Centric TV Special and more.
America America, Winans’ seventh solo release, for which he has been nominated for a Soul Train Award in the category of Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance, is comprised of nine classic songs. “The inspiration for America America is the time we are living in,” Winans explains. “Sometimes, we forget that we are all Americans. At sporting events, when the national anthem is sung, everyone stands – black, white, rich, poor – everyone.” The album includes standards such as “America The Beautiful,” “Lift Every Voice,” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” and three new songs written by Winans for the album including the beautifully hopeful title track and first single, “America America”, the upbeat “We’re The United States of America,” and the poignant “Ultimate Sacrifice,” dedicated to our fallen troops.
About Honor and Remember, Inc.
After the death of his eldest son, Tony, in Iraq, Gold Star father George Lutz recognized the need to educate the nation about the precious cost of freedom. His mission became raising awareness about the sacrifice made by military men and women who died for their country through the creation and establishment of a distinct and tangible symbol. The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled nationally on Memorial Day 2008 to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families. The flag is now being endorsed by veteran and service organizations and adopted by cities and states. And it is being flown by patriotic Americans across our nation and is fast becoming a nationally accepted symbol of remembrance. One of our major goals is the presentation of personalized Honor and Remember Flags to individual families of every military fallen hero. Hundreds of Honor and Remember Flags have already been presented, across the United States, to the families who have lost loved ones in military conflicts, over many generations. Additionally, more than 20 states have either adopted the flag or endorsed its use. Visit www.HonorandRemember.org for more information.
MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Cameron, Honor and Remember, Inc: firstname.lastname@example.org
For BeBe Winans: Kerri Brusca, Razor & Tie: email@example.com
(MOORESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA) November 8, 2012 – MacDonald Motorsports is proud to announce that Honor and Remember will be prominently displayed on the hood of the #81 for Jason Bowles this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Honor and Remember is a national non-profit organization that aims to establish a tangible national symbol of gratitude as a visible public reminder to all Americans to recognize the sacrifice of our military fallen heroes and their families.
“MacDonald Motorsports has consistently given tribute this year to our nations gold star families,” explained Honor and Remember founder, George Lutz. “It is very appropriate that this Veteran’s Day they continue to remember our fallen military heroes.”
Lutz has traveled more than 25,000 miles to all 50 states in order to urge the display of the flag by governments, businesses and individuals. He has delivered personalized versions of the flag to hundreds of families who have lost a loved one in military service, regardless of generation.
To date, more than 20 states have either adopted the flag or endorsed its use. Supporters of the flag can visit www.HonorandRemember.org to sign a petition urging lawmakers in Washington to support H.R. 546, which would make the flag a federally recognized, perpetual tribute to the lives lost in service to our country
That flag will be displayed prominently on the hood of the #81 this weekend for the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix.
Watch the race…..Fans can catch the Great Clips 200 from Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday at 3:30PM ET. The race can be seen live on ESPN.
Follow Jason Bowles on Social Media…..Keep up with everything that Jason is doing by following him on twitter @bowlesjason. Fans can also follow the race team on twitter @mms81_pr.
Follow Honor and Remember…..Fans can learn more about this great organization at www.HonorandRemember.org and on facebook and twitter @HonorRemember.
MacDonald Motorsports Owner Randy MacDonald has been around the NASCAR circles since 1985, when he began his own racing career with the loving support of his father “Doc” and his mother Pat MacDonald. As a NASCAR driver, Randy was successful in making it all the way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The MacDonald family became NASCAR team owners in 1986 and have fielded cars in all three of NASCAR’s elite series following faith based principles. MacDonald Motorsports focuses on assisting our sponsors with strategically increasing the overall awareness of corporate messaging or brand recognition by consistently articulating the message to be delivered through motorsports. MacDonald Motorsports offers drivers opportunities to gain experience from grass roots all the way through the elite series of NASCAR.
About Honor and Remember, Inc
After the death of his eldest son Tony in Iraq, Gold Star father George Lutz recognized the need to educate the nation on the precious cost of freedom. His mission became raising awareness about the sacrifice made by military men and women who died for their country, through the creation and establishment of a distinct and tangible symbol. The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled nationally on Memorial Day 2008 to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families. The flag is now being endorsed by veteran and service organizations and adopted by cities and states. And it is being flown by patriotic Americans across our nation and is fast becoming a nationally accepted symbol of remembrance.
Seventeen lives given for our country this month.
Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Wilmington, N.C.
Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Maysville, N.C.
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, of Houlton, Maine
Sgt. Camella M. Steedley, 31, of San Diego, Calif
Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro, 27, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez, 25, of Aberdeen, N.C.
Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, 26, of Long Beach, Ca
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, 29, of Sierra Vista, Ariz
Cmdr. Joel Del Mundo Tiu, 49, of Manila, Philippines
Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla
Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va
Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, of Kuna, Idaho
Chief Warrant Officer Michael S. Duskin, 42, of Orange Park, Fla
Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon, 31, of Houston, Texas
Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz, 22, of Murrieta, Calif
Cpl. Alex F. Domion, 21, of Richfield Springs, N.Y
Proceeds from Letterbox Sales to Benefit Honor and Remember Mission
Chesapeake, VA (Thursday, October 18, 2012) – Honor and Remember, Inc. is teaming with The Dreifa™ Initiative for a major fundraising initiative. Proceeds from the Honor and Remember Letterbox campaign will help support its mission of establishing an official national symbol of remembrance for our fallen heroes and their families by bringing tribute to the men and women from all generations who gave their lives in military service to the United States.
Gold Star Father George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, lost his son Tony in Iraq in 2005. Three years later, he began a national journey to ensure that no American service member who has paid the ultimate price is ever forgotten. Mr. Lutz has made it his lifelong mission to encourage lawmakers to implement The Honor and Remember Flag as an official national symbol of remembrance. In America’s history, there has never been a national symbol that recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by members of our military. The Honor and Remember Flag was created for that purpose.
Mr. Lutz has crisscrossed the country, travelling nearly 30,000 miles, meeting with legislators in all 50 states to make this happen. Thanks to his steadfast commitment, The Honor and Remember Flag is now official in 14 states.
Proceeds from the Honor and Remember Letterbox Campaign will help:
- Fund the Honor and Remember mission
- Facilitate the adoption of the Honor and Remember symbol as a national flag
- Provide flags for all families who have lost loved ones in the military to preserve our freedoms
- Educate our youth about the cost of freedom
Lutz remarked, “This is a wonderful opportunity to give a classic gift to someone special and help us continue our mission of recognizing the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families by establishing the Honor and Remember Flag and presenting every Gold Star Family a personalized tribute as a public expression of appreciation.”
The beautiful Honor and Remember embossed Letterbox is perfect for storing treasured correspondence and preserving memories. The letterbox comes with 15 elegant note cards and complimenting foil-lined, textured envelopes. There are four in the series of collectible designs, and are the perfect place for preserving cherished letters and mementos.
About The Dreifa™ Initiative
Dreifa™ designs, manufactures and sells the highest quality signature letterboxes, note cards and envelopes with a diverse array of liners. The Dreifa™ mission is to preserve note writing as a cultural norm, provide the place for keeping treasured notes and cards, showcase local talent through the use of their work in the design of its note cards and give back to the community through contributing to non-profits from each Dreifa™ sale. To learn more, please visit www.dreifa.org.
About Honor and Remember, Inc.®
After the death of his eldest son, Tony, in Iraq, Gold Star father George Lutz recognized the need to educate the nation about the precious cost of freedom. His mission became raising awareness about the sacrifice made by military men and women who died for their country through the creation and establishment of a distinct and tangible symbol. The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled nationally on Memorial Day 2008 to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of our fallen military heroes and their families. The flag is now being endorsed by veteran and service organizations and adopted by cities and states. And it is being flown by patriotic Americans across our nation and is fast becoming a nationally accepted symbol of remembrance. One of our major goals is the presentation of personalized Honor and Remember Flags to individual families of every military fallen hero. Hundreds of Honor and Remember Flags have already been presented across the USA to the families who have lost loved ones in military conflicts over many generations. Additionally, more than 20 states have either adopted the flag or endorsed its use. For more information, please visit www.HonorandRemember.org.